Missions

A brief summary of the missionaries and organizations we support.

Myanmar Churches Partnership

Myanmar

The Myanmar Churches Partnership is made up of four native pastors. This partnership has been coordinated by Steve Larson of Kaleo Church in Ames, Iowa. The partnership is designed to minister in and among the local churches of Myanmar by working together to spread the Gospel in informal yet committed, intentional relationships. This mission is dedicated to the sound teaching of Scripture and fundamentally applicable in every aspect of the lives of Christians in Myanmar. The four pastors are:

  • Pausang La Seng and the Antioch Myanmar Baptist Church {Kachin, Shan, Palaung, and Burmese languages)
  • Salai Hpone Myint and the Asho Chin Missio Kaleo Churches (Asha Chin and Burmese languages)
  • Thawng Nei Bil and the Biblical Presbyterian Churches of Myanmar (Fa lam Chin and Burmese languages)
  • Hen Khan Go and the Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar (Zomi-Tedim Chin and Burmese languages)

 

These four pastors and their associated ministries are involved in the following types of
efforts as they bring the Gospel to Myanmar:

  •  Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Church Planting
  • Leadership development
  • Outreach to drug addicts, prisoners, and their families
  • Care of orphans
  • Education of children and youth
  • Life skills for women (weaving, sewing, cooking)
  • English as a second language
  • Medical clinics
  • Agriculture and farming
  • Computer and technology training
  • Emergency relief

Tyler and Katherine Betz

La Rochelle, France

Tyler and Katherine Betz are ABWE missionaries serving the Lord in La Rochelle, France. They have a young son, Liam. Tyler and Katherine both received their degrees from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. Tyler was initially connected with France when he spent a year there in ministry, playing basketball. It was after this time that he began feeling the Lord calling him to be a full-time missionary back to France. The Betz family arrived in France in December of 2019 to begin French language school and to begin building relationships with the people of La Rochelle. Once finished, they will partner with Eglise Baptiste de La Rochelle and assist as they strive to plant churches in neighboring towns. Typically, there is no gospel influence in these areas.

Louis and Amber O’Tool

Welkom, South Africa

Louis and Amber O’Tool moved to Welkom, South Africa as missionaries in 2008. Louis has a degree in Pastoral Theology from Faith Baptist Bible College. He and Amber have four children, Meredith, Drake, Travis, and Molly. The O’Tools first worked in a local orphanage called The Pines Christian Care Centre for Children. They served there for many years, taking care of orphaned children and assisted native mothers in raising children under Godly influence.  In 2014, God led the O’Tools to transition from the full-time children’s home to discipleship work with young people in the community. In partnership with Pastor Joshua Bolaji (of British/Nigerian background), Louis and Amber began focusing on reaching and discipling youth from all over the city, through their local church, Welkom Baptist. Louis and Josh are also partnering to teach pastoral conferences throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to train local pastors in theology. This enables the native pastors to shepherd their flocks more effectively. They also teach at Mukhanyo Seminary, where they teach both current pastors and prospective church planters. The long-term objective is to plant churches and impact the culture in obedience to the Great Commission: Make Disciples.

Hospital Baptiste Biblique

Tsiko, Togo, West Africa

Hospital Baptiste Biblique is a 40-bed hospital in Tsiko, Togo, West Africa.  The hospital is administered by ABWE and began in 1985.  It is currently staffed by three full-time ABWE medical missionaries, but the medical work is supplemented by many short-term volunteer physicians and nurses.  Many of the short-term volunteers serve under Samaritan’s Purse ministries.  The hospital sees 16,000 outpatients/year, admits over 2500 inpatients per year, and performs about 2000 surgical cases per year.  All patients and families are presented with the Gospel, including many Muslim patients.  The hospital ministry also has a nursing school, literature ministry, and airplane ministry. Many churches have been started in Southern Togo due to the influence of the hospital work and the spread of the Gospel.  Twenty-one Christian schools have been established in these churches or other facilities with over 4100 Togolese children enrolled.  Chuck and Donna Larson have volunteered alongside these ministries several times over the last decade.  Many long-term and short-term medical missionaries are needed yearly to keep the hospital functional and many non-medical volunteers can help and serve with the other aspects of the ministry of HBB.

Cole and Debbie Albright

Lima, Peru

Cole and Debbie Albright are preparing to be missionaries in Lima, Peru with a focus on church planting. Lima is a South American urban city of over 10 million people. After spending 11 years at a Saylorville Church plant in south Des Moines (Living Waters Fellowship), they are thrilled to be able to serve cross-culturally in reaching the nations. Cole and Debbie have two biological children and are in the process of adopting two more, God-willing, very soon!